St. Mary’s Cemetery
Oil on canvas
St. Mary’s Cemetery is the opening scene of chapter one of We Are Shadows, a ghost story in pre-publication by Gail Park. St. Mary’s Cemetery is an actual church ruin on the coast of Cork, Ireland, near the town of Schull. It is here that the protagonist has her first encounter with a malevolent spirit from beyond the grave.
As an artist, writer and genealogist, this project brought all my passions together. I have written and self-published several short stories, but We Are Shadows is my first “ghost” story. As I have an affinity for all things Irish (my ancestral lines are from Ireland), I set my story there and gave many of the characters names taken from my Irish ancestry. Although fiction, several of the events are based on actual incidents from my own life or from those whom I trust as truthfully portraying their experiences. It was a joy to be able to illustrate it as well.